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Summer Reading

The Calile Hotel: an extract from Cameron Bruhn's MMXX

In today’s Summer Reading book extract, Cameron Bruhn’s work collates innovative and influential architecture from across Australia over the past two decades. This extract celebrates Brisbane’s Calile Hotel and Ada Lane.

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Summer Reading

Up to twelve of the The Calile Hotel’s 350 guests can lounge in each one of its shady poolside cabanas on the edge of the hotel’s extroverted pool deck.

These discreet little pavilions form a deep colonnaded screen to the gangly Brisbane cityscape beyond. This landmark building exemplifies the profound transformation of the James Street precinct, from its industrial past to its urbane future.

The Calile Hotel and Ada Lane are part of a suite of commercially savvy and architecturally rich projects realised incrementally by one architectural practice. These skilful acts of city-making make legible the idea of the street by creating a network of open-air arcades, balconies, stairs and belvederes.

A porous two-storey podium sets up the reciprocal relationship between building and street, and the two six-storey wings of hotel rooms frame the glamorous pool deck at the centre of this urban resort.

The brutality of the structural materials speaks to the project’s intended longevity, deftly contrasted with luxurious settings and vigorous planting. The architecture of this pair of dignified urban projects is generous, flamboyant and pragmatic in equal parts.

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Photography: Sean Fennessy

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Photography: Sean Fennessy

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Photography: Sean Fennessy

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Photography: David Chatfield

Project: The Calile Hotel

Architect: Richards & Spence

Location: Fortitude Valley, Qld

Traditional custodians: Jagera-Turrbal nation

Completed: 2018

Type: Commercial architecture

 

Project: Ada Lane

Architect: Richards & Spence

Location: Fortitude Valley, Qld

Traditional custodians: Jagera-Turrbal nation

Completed: 2019

Type: Commercial architecture

Photography Sean Fennessy (pp. 106–9), David Chatfield (pp. 110–11).

MMXX: Two Decades of Architecture in Australia by Cameron Bruhn, available at Thames and Hudson.